Cornell University

January 14 2008

ILR faculty participate in major international conference in Turkey

Katz delivers opening address at Knowledge, Economy and Management Congress

You've heard the expression "there's strength in numbers." During the winter break, several ILR faculty traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to represent the School and make a strong showing at the Sixth Knowledge, Economy and Management Congress December 26-28.

Harry Katz, the Kenneth F. Kahn Dean and Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining, gave the opening keynote address entitled "Convergences and Divergences in Employment Systems." Other faculty who gave major presentations at this event include:

• Nick Salvatore, Maurice and Hinda Neufeld Founders Professor in Industrial and Labor Relations, keynote address on "Technology, Economic Growth and the State: American Political Economy, 1870-2000";

• Risa L. Lieberwitz, Associate Professor, Collective Bargaining, Labor Law and Labor History, presentation on "Higher Education and Academic Freedom: The Challenges of International and Comparative Research", and an invited keynote at last year's conference;

• Susanne Bruyere, Associate Dean of Outreach and Director, Employment Disability Institute (EDI), presentation on "The Knowledge Economy and People with Disabilities."

The ILR faculty were invited to participate in this event by past ILR visiting scholar Tuncay Guloglu from Kocaeli University, Faculty of Labor Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations.

The Knowledge, Economy and Management Congress provides an opportunity to analyze the economic, social and cultural impact resulting from developments in information and technology fields. This year's Congress was the most comprehensive ever, attended by 300 distinguished academics and public/private sector administrators and managers from around the world.